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Poster: DEADBUCK Date: Jan 7, 2010 5:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: non dead storage question

any one recomend or know of a solution for storing say lots of music files...some large near a gig? Im wondering I guess about external hard drives...I bought one and it only seems to want to be a back up device for my whole computer...I was hoping it would just function as large "flash drive" but instead it wants to automatically be a back up for my whole puter.(thats not a bad thing but I didnt want bells and whistles)just a giant drive to store on. Its a 1T drive...Thoughts?
Thank you all!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 7, 2010 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

DB: I hate it when they do that! I wouldn't be surprised that you did exactly what jgl alludes to: I almost bought the Seagate that came with some sort of software (forget the name of it), and it would do this automatically (my son had the same experience). So, I looked a little harder and found the exact same device, but a little cheaper since it didn't have the software, and it is EXACTLY as you want, just a "giant flash drive" with no interfacing software and such...

So Seagate, and a handful of others have been recommended here by many...you can get 500 gb for under $100 at any BBuy or Frys or whatever you have where you are...and, 1 tb is not much more...

Just look for the one that is the "simplest" of the those available, without any mention of "auto this or that"...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 7, 2010 6:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Right this very minute as I type I'm in the process of copying 175gigs of music on to a new 1.5tb external. I am in agonies of superstitious dread, convinced that the wrong command, or clicking OK when I should click 'cancel' will wipe the lot irretrievably. I know this is totally irrational, but I won't relax until I've checked six ways to Sunday that all my files are safe.

Oh yes, and because I'm using a Mac and the external only came with Windows software it won't do anything automatically, which is fine by me. I'm an interventionist.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jan 7, 2010 7:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Watch out for powerful magnets!

Make sure you listen to all that music after you transfer to make sure nothing got scratched.

;~)

Yesterday I decided to move a bunch of Music files (shows) to DVD in order to free up some gigs, I am so freaked out about 'losing it' that I only moved AUDs that are readily available on the Archive - hahaha anal is as anal does.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 7, 2010 7:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

I know exactly what you mean. The whole point of getting the external was to free up space on the computer hard drive but you can be damn sure I'll be thinking long and hard before deleting anything. Just call me Captain Paranoia.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 7, 2010 7:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Captain??!! Ha! I laugh at your captancy! I spit at your pseudo anal retentive tendencies! I scoff since these are but early stage manifestations of this dis-order (like the contradiction there?) fully in bloom with ME, Generalissmo Paranoia!

Of course, I KNOW the feeling; I embrace and fulfill all aspects of the feeling...because I am provided computers at work, and because I have accumulated various ones from various sources (many old and largely useless ones), I insure that each and every file I work with, or play with (ie, data, manuscripts vs music, photos), is in at least four different places...I even insure that these places are geographicaly detached...at work, there is either the office or the lab; at home there is either here or deep in the mountains...then there is the car and all the playable CDs.

Yes, you and jgl can toy with your minor symptoms, but when you catch up with me, the three of us will be carted off in straight jackets.

Top of the morning and early afternoon to you Rob!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 7, 2010 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Multiple redundancy, Tell, that's the ticket. Just because I ripped them to the hard drive it doesn't mean I'll get rid of my CDs, and just because I bought them on CD it doesn't mean I'll part with my vinyl. I suspect that the current and upcoming digital generation will be less attached to physical objects than us old farts, but there's still something very satisfying about flicking through an album of photographs you took years ago on an actual roll of film, or putting the needle down on an LP record you've treasured for decades.

And a very good day to you too!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 7, 2010 8:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Ah--yes, the tangible, the solid, the potentially fragile (req'ing our protection); these are the memorabilia I crave and enjoy...right there with you my friend.

But, as to "Multiple redundancy, Tell, that's the ticket", I fear you've discovered my approach at the Forum in which that mantra guides my daily posting life...I should think that's all I am here...Major Repetitive, if a rank is appropriate yet again. How else to insure the masses fully appreciate 12-29-68 than by constantly reposting the same ol drivel?

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Poster: stuppider Date: Jan 7, 2010 9:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Multiple back-ups will make you crazy. I have 400 gigs of tunes and between the downloading and the ripping I do not want to do all of that work again!!! It is not that the data itself is precious its that I have hundreds, maybe thousands of hours tied up. I currently have six copies of everything. One on my home office pc, one on a 1 TB NAS drive, one standard external, one travel external for sharing with friends, one copy on my home theater pc, and one offsite copy on my work pc. Every time I go to Office Max I feel a compulsion to check the prices on externals and internals, thinking one more back-up might not be a bad idea. I have a problem.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 7, 2010 9:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Six!? Well, lets see...for a few items I do have them on that many: DVD storage; CD playing; second set CD storage; computer 1; computer 2; HD ext.

But, that's the exception.

Damn, I bow before your anal retentive superiority.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 7, 2010 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Make sure you format the drive in NTFS format and NOT FAT32. NTFS allows for a lot faster indexing, transferring and accessing of files.

If you don't already have a lot of stuff on the drive you might want to consider moving the files and reformatting the drive. As the drive fills up, speed will become and issue and data transfer will get real laggy.

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Poster: mickmac Date: Jan 7, 2010 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

I just get some big shoe boxes and put my cassettes in them. Then I take the boxes and put them in my 1500 square foot fire proofed basement. The penultimate internal hard drive.

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Poster: sweetwilliam Date: Jan 7, 2010 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

hear, hear! That is frickin' funny!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 8, 2010 2:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Well played indeed!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 8, 2010 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

That was REALLY a good one, mm! Seriously...post of the day and a credenza to you my friend!

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Poster: pHurthur Date: Jan 7, 2010 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead storage question

I have been using this type of product since 2004.

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/external-storage/drivestation/

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Poster: stuppider Date: Jan 7, 2010 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dead storage question

I have one of the NAS drives and it works well. I have always wanted one of the bigger NAS racks to do a full RAID but the price tag is a little steep. I think most are about $ 600.00 without the drives.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jan 7, 2010 6:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

Sounds like your drive came with some sort of auto backup software. You should probably do some searching on the net for your specific drive and see if you get hits on forums for said drive and see if you can find instructions for disabling or uninstalling the auto-back feature.

I am in no way an expert and in fact am curious about this thread as I am currently contemplating investing in a 1TB drive. I'm leaning toward an internal from a company called Drive Solutions which has 1TB for $135 for my specific model PC.

Any advice/recommendations welcome.

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Poster: BobsShortShorts Date: Jan 7, 2010 6:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: non dead storage question

I have several internal HD`s I use to save my music....All labeled and stored in a rack and each backed up in case of failure.When needed I use a dock that can be usb connected or live wire.(Buy at any on-line computer store.}Internals are cheap these days.I also have some internals in a rad setup for even quicker access...
Most of my reg music are 500g-with another as backup.
Most of my Dead/Phil/Rat are on 1tb drives with backups.

i nternals way to go for me....